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"I peered out at the Magic Kingdom in its spectacular glory. What a place! What a view! For a moment I saw only the magic and joy, the vibrancy of the Kingdom. How could anyone - even a villain - want to destroy all this?"
Maleficent is worth seeing in 3D. I liked it; a nice interpretation of one of my favorite Disney villains. Angelina Jolie didn’t turn into a dragon, and she certainly isn’t green (as Maleficent is perceived to be), but Jolie provides a near-perfect performance that channels the character’s spirit, as well as her spot-on voice. Not a perfect movie by any means, but enjoyable one at best (and worthy of the 3D gimmick). My only real gripe I have is I wish these types of fantasy-ordinated movies dropped the ‘Lord of the Rings’ battle sequences, was unnecessary in this film.
So someone private messaged me in reference to the Snow White ride post I made. Here is the message:
"um okay… 1) when that video was shot, not all the show effects and audio were working. 2) it looks MUCH better in person, you can’t even see half of the effects that ARE working in the video because of the terrible lighting. 3) even if you’re ONLY going to the magic kingdom for only one day, you’re not paying $100 just to ride the seven dwarfs’ mine train… don’t be ridiculous. forbidden journey is nice i guess, but otherwise universal is very very second rate. fun, but subpar quality."
“To all who come to this happy place; welcome. Disneyland is your land. Here age relives fond memories of the past…and here youth may savor the challenge and promise of the future. Disneyland is dedicated to the ideals, the dreams and the hard facts that have created America…with the hope that it will be a source of joy and inspiration to all the world.”
$100 A TICKET per park PER DAY doesn’t sound like something Walt would do, does it? That’s what is really bothersome. I am sure the ride looks more impressive in person, but it still seems a bit short compared to a lot of the attractions Disney does offer. But what do I know?!? I am just a former Cast Member that hasn’t been to the parks since 2008, and probably won’t be able to go to the parks for a good, long, while - since I can’t afford $100 tickets for just ONE DAY, despite what Walt Disney said long ago about the Disney parks being just as much my land as the rich.
Just watched a shitty movie called ‘Escape From Tomorrow,’ which is supposed to be this artsy, weird - ‘oh my gosh, did they really film that on Walt Disney World property’ movie. However, it just comes off as a failed and cheap Stanley Kubrick knock-off that doesn’t know what or where it wants to go. The biggest problem is while it attempts to look all-impressive and throw a few unique story ideas around, it gets tangled on its own confusion with no pay-off at the end. Talk about a missed opportunity. There was one cool idea that the movie could have explored more deeply-in; underneath Spaceship Earth in EPCOT is this control room where they take random guests and do tests on them while a Spaceship Earth mask is placed on their head (brings A Clockwork Orange meets West World to mind)). Another idea that was shoe-horned into the movie was a middle-age woman that steals random kids from the Disney parks. If having those of those sub-plots in the movie isn’t cluttered enough, there were a few more crammed-in, making it very confusing to follow.
I did like a few scenes that included a trippy interpretation of ‘it’s a small world,’ and anything that was EPCOT related (love the World Showcase shots). Overall, though - a weird but mediocre confusing mess of a movie that could’ve been brilliant if there was some restraint on the thrown ideas. No wonder the Mouse House didn’t feel that this movie was a threat to them. It’s genuine shit!
When they moved from Georgia to the theme park playground of central Florida four years ago, Anthony and Candice Johnson found work at a barbecue restaurant and a 7-Eleven. Their combined salaries nevertheless fell short of what they needed to rent an apartment, so the couple and their two children have instead been hopping among cheap motel rooms along U.S. 192.
While I worked there, I would hear about various people that would quit their jobs back home, pick up, and relocate to Florida. The dream, of course, is to work at one of the theme parks. These stories stretched to from five years ago from the time I worked there (2007) to when the Disney park opened up. That was, of course, then, when the ideal ‘American dream’ was kind of/sort of affordable.
This article sheds light to the biggest factor why the Florida dream didn’t work out for us. Even with two incomes, there was no way in hell we could’ve made it. Sure, we could’ve had roommates like what some my Disney friends manage to do, but neither of us wanted to do that.
It’s actually easier living there for the short period of time Disney offers the housing during their programs than to try to make it on your own after the program is over.
In a sense, this could be anywhere - New York/California/Vegas. :-x
We were delighted when we had an invite to play for EPCOT’s International Flower and Garden Festival at Walt Disney World. Before our gig, we were granted the freedom to explore all the Disney parks. I, myself, have gone to Disney World a few times as a kid with my family, but this was a first for the rest of the band. Despite the fact we lived close to Disney, we never really got around to checking the place out (and let’s be honest here, Disney is for the tourists while locals try to stay away from the money trap). You certainly don’t think about any of that stuff when you enter the parks. Really does bring out the kid in you.
Everyone had their own favorites: Tower of Terror, Space Mountain, Mission: Space, Expedition Everest, - and, the, beat, goes, on. We all favored and rode Aerosmith’s Rock ‘n’ Roller Coaster at least a gazillion times at the Studios. I think any rocker (or self-proclaim rocker) will have a soft spot for that ride. Every time I heard an Aerosmith tune while waiting in line, it brought me back to when I was a kid; listening to old Aerosmith CDs and fantasying being exactly like them. Now look at me! Far from ‘dreaming on.’
After a day of park-hopping, we played at a very small stage that resided in the American Adventure pavilion at World Showcase, EPCOT. We didn’t play the typical 90-minute to two-hour set we would play at most gigs. Instead, we played three, hour-long sets that started in the afternoon, with an hour gap in-between our sets, and ended an hour before the 9 P.M. fireworks. Most bands when they play at EPCOT, repeat the same damn songs during their three-sets. We decided to dedicate each hour-long set to our various music styles. The first set we played, included heavier tunes of ours (which honored the Long Play and Untitled albums). The second set was in honor of our mellow/proggier side (which we dipped a lot from the Lite album). Third set was all cover tunes. The event reps weren’t thrilled about the idea at first, but after seeing that we had the most people crowded around the pavilion (I’ve been told the only other band that had that much appeal at EPCOT was The Beach Boys), they retracted. The crowd wasn’t the most electrifying audience we played at (maybe because of the setting), but they all cheered and chanted. If I have to take a guess, there was a mixture of die-hard fans and people that never heard of us before, but was intrigued enough to watch us perform. By the way, I was rockin’ with a shirt I purchased the previous day: Rock ‘n’ Roller Coaster. Goes along with the rest of my music shirt collection!
Finally watched ‘Frozen.’ Hmmm…enjoyable? Yes. Charming? Yes. Funny? Yes. Cool animation? Sure. Oscar worthy? NO! The best Disney film since ‘The Lion King?’ NO! Good film. Solid damn good film. But not great. I am sorry!
I hate to sound like a sour-puss, but I miss the traditional hand-drawn animation. I actually thought ‘Princess and the Frog’ was a better movie.
One of the biggest issues I have with ‘Frozen,’ which is also the issues I had with ‘Tangled,’ the human characters in a CGI movie looks so phony looking. And because there are so many CGI movies everywhere from everyone, ‘Frozen’ could be from any other studio
What I really did enjoy from the film, and what makes a Disney movie a DISNEY MOVIE, is the setting. Beautiful exterior/interior settings. Gorgeous scenery.